My Lent Words 27: Love me do

Ahaba is a bit more intimate love. Sometimes it describes family love, often romantic love and is also used about the intensity of God’s love. Like ahab it does not mean sexual love.

‘And Jonathan made David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as he loved himself.’ (1 Samuel 20:17)

In the following verse ahaba appears twice but the NIV editors have opted for two different translations:

‘I grieve for you Jonathan my brother; you were very dear to me. Your love for me was wonderful, more wonderful than that of women.’ (2 Samuel 1:26)

‘Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.’ (Song of Songs 2:7b)

‘In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.’ (Isaiah 63:9b)

It is the love which delights in the companionship of the loved one.

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